For over a century, modern Druids have celebrated the solstices at Stonehenge, the greatest of all our prehistoric monuments. Nowadays these festivals are attended by thousands and are world-famous.
Druidry today is part of modern Paganism, which was formalised in the 1950s and has since become one of the world’s fastest growing new spiritual traditions. Whilst most Druids would describe themselves as Pagans, Druids can include people identifying with any faith or none, and everyone, from whatever background, is welcome. People drawn to Druidry may see it as a philosophical outlook, or a faith. What makes us Druids is our feeling of deep connection with this land and its old stories, the world, the universe, the turning of the seasons and the cycle of life. All feel inspired by the energy of living things, and the specialness of the places we live in. We honour the people who first came here long ago, our own ancestors, and those of all the people who live alongside us today.
Because we care about our world, Druids today often champion environmental causes and social justice, and we seek to make the world a better place through our actions.
Many Druids can and do tread their spiritual path in solitude, but others come together in communities, called Groves. Our rituals, or rites, held outdoors and often in public places in daylight, are our most important activities. At these we mark the turn of the seasons though music, song, drama, sacred words, and friendship.
We are happy to welcome you if you would like to join us, and we enjoy sharing our rites with others, whether as participants or spectators. However a person wishing to find out more about our tradition must be prepared to seek it out for themselves. Having said this, we always aim to be helpful companions for those on the same journey.